Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Update from August 2

Wow time really flies! I feel like i just barely wrote you and here I am again! I am doing really well with the help of the Lord, there is truly no way to do it on my own and I know that Heavenly Father knew that i needed a good humbling experience and that is a good part of why I was sent here. I am truly more and more amazed daily by the people. I was really excited this week to experience the answers to my prayers with the language. I want so badly to understand the people and be able to help them and I feel that the Lord really blessed me this week with the ability to better understand and talk with the people. Slowly it is getting better and it is wonderful to have to speak my mission language all the time with my companion, no better way to learn than complete imersion eh??
This week has been good, we have been able to find some new people to teach and have been able to have people progress in their understanding of the gospel. We are hoping that the new people that we have found will be able to feel the love of God in their lives and the change that can be brought to their homes through applying this love in their households. There is one family in particular that we have taught twice this week. They live in a tiny one room cement house, which is the standard, but their living conditions are some of the most humble i have seen. when you walk in there is a queen sized bed a bunk bed and a stove and that is their home. there are five of them that live there and they are amazing. they have two children, jaqueline, and juan who have mental disabilites and then their oldest dameon. the woman paula is pregnant, and her and richard live together. the three children are paulas and richard has two children but they dont live with them. Their children are so amazing i cant even express. juans condition is really serious and he is very low functioning but is so sweet. everyone here greets and says goodbyes with kisses on the cheeks but as missionaries we can only do this with the women but juan insists on giving us a big sloppy kiss on the cheek, ah he is just the greatest. anyway we are going back this week for our third visit and when they were at church this week they signed up to feed us lunch on thursday. this is amazing because i doubt they even have enough money to feed their own family let alone us as well. i love them ever so much and really hope that they are able to find the peace and happiness that comes through knowing Christ.
So many stories to share and so little time!! Yesterday we had church and were a bit behind on what we wanted to have done for the week so we took two younger girls from the ward with us and split up. santa baca i thought i was going to die of fear at first but it was a really great experience for me to be able to learn how to teach without my companion. the girl i went with is named belen and she is great... she speaks incredibly fast though haha. but it was really great to have her there when i was fumbling for what i was trying to say. it was so so so cold and for some reason my rainboots are always damp inside so my feet were purple by the end of the night... nothing a good old hot water bottle cant solve right.... i cant tell you how much i love those hot water bottles!!!! i guess we are going to enter spring at the end of august... hallelujah... bring on the rays. i definitely will be asking for some more winter clothes next winter but as of right now i can trudge on through.
Anyways just wanted to share a little thought i had this sunday at church while i was doin some readin in the scripts so here it is for you... and charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. wherefore, my beloved betheren if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never failieth. wherefore, cleave unto charity which is greatest of all, for all things must fail. but charity is the pure love of Christ , and it endureth forever: and whoso is fround possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. ............. i love this scripture and was just thinking of how much i need to work on having charity. i truly know, especially living with a companion 24/7 that if we look for the bad in people we will find it, but if we look for the good we can learn to love them like our Heavenly Father loves them. boy i really need to work on this and this is why i thought i would share it with you, I know that through Christ we can be made perfect.
But gosh i gotta go!! My time is short but I want you to know just how much i love you, i was talking to my companion this morning and she said that more than anything she thinks she has gained a greater appreciation for her family and i can definitely feel that in myself as well. I love you ever so much k love you to the moon and back 1000000 zillion times!!! xoxxoxoxoxoxox- jess

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